things to do in the area
Visit one of the local communities & sites near us for fishing, restaurants, shopping, wine tasting, golfing, antiquing, museums, a trip to the casino, and more. Here are just SOME local ideas to get you started!
Eat. Drink. Shop.
From the owners of Cedar River Ranch - Located in Columbus Junction, IA, our community-based thrift store helps provide employment and funds to directly support our 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit, Cedar River Haven, a unique sober living opportunity for women in crisis. Find clothing, shoes, housewares, kitchenware, books, sporting goods, toys, crafts, home decor and more.
200 E Access Rd, Columbus Junction, IA 52738
Great Food. Cold Cocktails. Always a Friendly Face.
Ice Cream. Sweet Treats. Good Eats.
Local Grocery Store & Deli.
Convenience-store chain offering fuel, drinks & food, including pizza, sandwiches & baked goods.
Krueger's Market has been a family owned business for an estimated 40 years, supplying the surrounding community with produce, picked fresh daily.
Antojitos Carmen, located in Columbus Junction, IA,
offers a variety of authentic Mexican food including tacos,
quesadillas, fajitas, alambre, tortas, enchiladas and more.
For dine-in or carry-out, visit Antojitos Carmen in Columbus Junction today!
Traditional Mexican Restaurant.
The Santa Ana Bakery and Panaderia is a traditional Hispanic bakery and restaurant.
Where's Lonna's Food Trailer for breakfast and lunch; seating available. $10.00 or
less for all meals. Call ahead and she’ll have your order waiting for you 815-757-2624
Yummy, American classics. Plus at the The Thirsty Camel everyday is "hump" day!
Convenient Store and Fuel Stop open 24/7. Restaurant Hours are 6am-9pm daily!
Step into Café Dodici’s welcoming world of Italian delights, and satisfy the spirit as well as the senses. Their focus: nourishing the home of your soul.
Sal Vitales makes pizza, but not just any pizza. Our pizza dough is made fresh
daily, and we only use the freshest ingredients. Because freshness makes all
the difference. No wonder we were voted the #1 pizza restaurant in
"The Muscatine Battle of the Chefs"!
Vineyard and winery founded on a 160-year old family farm with a rich, Irish heritage. Visit their tasting room to try our award winning wines.
Many legends have been interwoven into the history of "Lover’s Leap", one of the most
romantic scenes in Columbus Junction. A suspension bridge 160 feet long and 80 feet
high is suspended across the deep ravine by large wire cables fastened to logs driven
ten feet into the earth on each side of the valley. Lover’s Leap Swinging Bridge is a
popular roadside attraction in a beautiful setting.
Stop by this historic Louisa County landmark just off Hwy. 92.
Located between the Iowa and Mississippi Rivers, with winery, tasting room and
vineyard tours. Wines produced from French/American hybrid grapes.
Wine varieties include dry, semi-sweets and sweets.
There are so many things to see and do in Muscatine County, here are just a few recommendations from Trip Advisor.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the oldest continuously
operating cinema theatre is the Washington Iowa State Theatre (USA) in
Washington, Iowa, USA, which opened on 14 May 1897, and has been in
continuous operation for 124 years. The first moving picture shown at the
Washington Iowa State Theatre was shown on a cinematographe that was made
in Paris, France. Tickets for the first moving picture were 15, 25 and 35 US cents
What does it mean to Live it up? You'll find out the moment you enter Riverside Casino & Golf Resort®. From the magnificent fountains that greet you as you drive up to the luxurious surroundings of the hotel and casino, every aspect is designed for one very special purpose — your total enjoyment.
Kalona is recognized for its diverse and eclectic shops.
From antiques to custom furniture, you’ll find it in Kalona.
Kalona is also home to one of the largest Amish settlements
west of the Mississippi.
The Great Outdoors
The River Forks Boat Landing is located at the end of the historic 1914 built
Convict Road in Louisa County. As you drive to the access you will be driving on
a road that is over 100 years old, built by convicts to help vehicles get through an
"unpassable bank of sand" and cross the Iowa River. River Forks offers a great
place to launch your boat, have a picnic, and great shore fishing!
Hwy 70, Columbus Junction, IA 52738
Directions – 11 min.–Turn right out of our parking lot onto Casey Ave/Q Ave (0.8 mi). At stop sign, turn right onto Co Rd G40 (4 mi). Turn right onto IA-92 W (0.9 mi). Turn right onto IA-
70 N (1 mi). Destination on right.
231st St. (Co Rd G28) Conesville, IA 52739
Directions–13 min.–Turn left out of our parking lot onto Casey Ave (0.1 mi). Turn right onto 276th St (1.8 mi).Continue onto Echo Ave (3.7mi). Slight left and continue straight onto Echo Ave (0.9 mi).Turn left onto 231st St (0.2 mi). Destination on left.
Deep Lakes Park is a sandy 425-acre area that features over 120 acres of water. There's numerous small lakes and ponds, sand dunes and grassy/brushy areas for you to explore.
The outdoor facility features 5 slides (2 drop slides, 1 family slide and 2 long slides), a zero depth entry area, interactive play structure with kid slide and spray features. Family restrooms, self service lockers, a multi-purpose room and full concessions are also available.
Make the drive worth your while and explore
Weed Park while there! Weed Park covers a total of 72 acres,
including a 3-acre lagoon. There is a small pond where many locals like to take their kids to leisure fish and feed geese/ducks, a zoo garden, rose garden, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and walking trail.
Hike, bike, have a picnic & be sure to take time to look at the view of the Iowa River valley from the overlook!Amenities: scenic overlook, playground, picnic shelter, picnic tables & grills, restrooms.
Port Louisa was established for the protection of migratory birds. It is located along
the Mississippi River Flyway, one of the major routes for migrating waterfowl. Key
goals of the refuge are to conserve and enhance the quality and diversity of fish and
wildlife and their habitats; and to restore floodplain functions in the river corridor.
The Muscatine County Conservation Board provides a variety of outdoor
recreation and conservation education opportunities for people in
Muscatine County and the surrounding area.
The Kewash Nature Trail winds for nearly 14 miles between the towns of Keota and Washington. These endpoints were creatively combined to form the trail's name. The trail has a crushed limestone surface for most of its route, but the portion within Washington's city limits is paved asphalt.
Seasonal Festivals & events
August 11th-13th is the peak time to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower, and Cedar River Ranch has a perfect view of the night sky without all of the light pollution. In a dark sky, you may see up to 60 meteors per hour! Learn some tips & tricks for the best viewing here
TrekFest is a community festival in Riverside Iowa, the future birthplace of Captain James T Kirk. A blend of small town festival and a celebration of Star Trek.
Stay tuned for details on upcoming Cedar River Ranch events and activities!